Thu, April 02

Expand your horizons and join a book club

Book clubs are popular, and many library patrons are members of book clubs. I often get inquiries about joining a book club or starting a book club in the Village.

While Sedona Public Library (SPL) does not sponsor an official book club in VOC, the library offers a nice alternative: a community book discussion at Sedona Winds Retirement Community.

Here are a few reasons you should consider participating in these book discussions. First, you will meet new and interesting people. Programs are free and open to the public. Attendance usually ranges anywhere between 5 and 15, and the group is composed of residents from Sedona Winds and the Village.

Since book discussions are facilitated by library staff, you will have opportunities to get to know them better. Facilitators include Karen Mack of Youth Services, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros of Latino Services, and Cheryl Yeatts, manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V). We are also fortunate to have Monica Lane of Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library lead one of our discussions. It's good to know library staff, as they may serve as your next point of contact for your library needs.

Also, the meeting location is convenient for most everyone who lives in the Village, and even more so for residents of Sedona Winds, which is located at 405 Jacks Canyon Road. You don't have to drive too far or negotiate too many roundabouts, and you don't have to clean your house or prepare refreshments.

Another advantage is that you don't have to purchase books or worry about having enough copies for participants.

Books are provided by SPL and are often available in a variety of formats, including e-book and large type.

Most of the time, books are distributed at least a month in advance of the meeting date. Loaner copies are available for pick up at SPL-V.

When you attend the book discussion, you will discover what other people are reading and get new ideas for what to read next. The gathering is very informal, and signing the attendance sheet is optional.

You don't have to read the book (GASP!) or contribute to the conversation. The time commitment is minimal because the discussions take place every other month.

We try to read a variety of genres, with a focus on books about Arizona. In the past we have discussed "A Colorado River Reader," "Grand Ambition," "Filaree," and "Vanished Arizona." Selections from the classics included "Grapes of Wrath," "Where Angels Fear to Tread," and "White Fang."

To learn more about other cultures, we have read "Enrique's Journey," "Hunger of Memory," and "Reading Lolita in Tehran."

Up to this point, we have been fortunate to borrow book sets from other libraries. Since we have exhausted most of these titles, the library is looking for ways to expand its collection of book sets. If you participate in a book club, please consider donating your book sets to the library following your discussions.

Another option is for your book club to make a monetary donation to SPL-V designated to purchase book sets for book clubs.

Join us for the community book discussions at Sedona Winds. Titles for the remainder of 2014 include "The Great Gatsby," "The Grass Dancer," and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life."

Everyone has something to contribute to these interesting and lively discussions. The library appreciates providing this community outreach program in partnership with Sedona Winds.

Library Events in the Village:

Accelerated Reader (AR): Students from Big Park School may take AR quizzes at SPL-V. Students will need their user name and password to access the AR database.

Survey for Sedona Public Library in the Village (SPL-V): SPL-V is conducting a survey about library services in the Village.

The next time you visit the library, please complete this brief and easy survey. Your opinion matters and your input is important.

Arizona Humanities Council Speaker Program:  Monday, July 21, Jay Craváth will present "Music and Instruments of Arizona Pioneers: A Time Capsule Opened." The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. at Sedona Winds Retirement Community, 405 Jacks Canyon Road.

Rotating Artist Program: Fiber artist Debra Baker will feature her wearable art at the library beginning Tuesday, July 15.

A reception for the artist will be Wednesday, July 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Sedona Public Library in the Village is at 7000 Highway 179, Suite C-102 in the courtyard of Tequa Plaza. Library hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library is closed Sunday and Monday. When the library is closed, you may return library materials to the library drop box located outside the library.

If you need assistance when SPL-V is closed, you may call the main library during their hours of operation at 928-282-7714. Contact Cheryl Yeatts, Manager, at 928-284-1603 if you have questions or need directions to SPL-V.  Thank you for your continuing support of free library services in the Village of Oak Creek.

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